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The European Commission has recently released its analysis of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027, which offers an understanding of the current status of research and innovation in the European Union. It evaluates what changes would be required in light of the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2021-2024. The information provided in the document is based upon the views provided by respondents to a consultation launched at the end of 2022. The Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027 Analysis will underpin the development of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027.  

The report includes access to water resources as one of the key challenges to be addressed in the next 10 years. Respondents highlighted the need for more research and innovation for the protection and restoration of natural capital, circular economy and zero pollution, the modernisation of infrastructures, and sustainable and resilient agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and food and water systems. Respondents also call for a holistic multisectoral and multidimensional approach to identify options where actors and sectors can work in synergy to identify win-win solutions and possible trade-offs considering the multiple challenges at stake. 


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The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.